This mural shows a modern-day twilight scene of downtown Portsmouth as seen from Kentucky, featuring the U.S. Grant Bridge connecting with Chillicothe Street. The muses, embracing both ends of the Twilight mural, represent the art and history included in the floodwall murals, which have been painted by internationally famous muralist Robert Dafford of Lafayette, Louisiana. The bridge was razed in 2002 and will be replaced by a modern-structured U.S. Grant suspension bridge to be completed in 2005.
The Dedication Panel
The dedication panel message reflects the sentiments of the Board of Trustees of Portsmouth Murals, Inc. at the time the Floodwall Mural Project was dedicated on October 5, 2002.
[Dedication Mural reads]
With appreciation to the individuals, companies and organizations who contributed their time and resources to this floodwall mural project and with fond admiration of the artistic brilliance of Robert Dafford and his associates, we hereby dedicate these murals to the citizens who were and are a part of the history of Portsmouth, Ohio, and the surrounding area.
The Board of Trustees
Portsmouth Murals, Inc.
Muralist Robert Dafford
In October 2002, the Portsmouth community witnessed the completion of a project that took ten years to create. In 1993, Robert Dafford began painting the history of Scioto County and Portsmouth on a massive floodwall that holds back the mighty Ohio River. Using a concrete canvas measuring 20 feet by nearly 1/3 mile, Robert, a native of Lafayette, Louisiana has created the ultimate historic portrait of the Portsmouth area. With the help of local historians, citizens and the use of old photographs, he has given the city a window to its past. To learn more about Robert Dafford, go to www.robertdafford.com
The Floodwall Mural Markers is a project designed and funded by the Portsmouth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Special thanks to the Portsmouth Murals, Inc. Board of Trustees and to the Portsmouth Mural Products, Inc. for the use of their new book. For additional information about the murals or to schedule tours, please contact the Bureau or visit its website www.portsmouthcvb.org